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Perpetual Black Friday

Whatever numbers the retail association posts this weekend for Black Friday (typically overoptimistic assessments) are likely to be skewed this year even more.

The Ex-President Of Italy's Constitutional Court Explains What Is At Stake When Italy Votes

With markets poised to react to the pivotal Italian constitutional referendum on December 4, consensus suggests that a ‘yes’ vote to the reforms will be positive for asset prices and a ‘no’ represents a sell signal. According to leading Italian commentators, however, a ‘yes’ vote will not fix Italy’s problems and the issues at play are not just black and white, but instead are far more complex than people seem to understand.

"If You Think Trump Is..."

"Perhaps you see a world in which the next Hitler just came to power. Some of you see a clown with no skill coming to power because his populist message was effective. Those are scary movies compared to my feel-good film. If you could switch to my movie, and lose nothing but your anxiety for the future, wouldn’t you want to do it? In my movie, we have lots of Trump success ahead and none of the dark possibilities will come to pass."

Welcome To The "Melt-Up"

As Wile E. Coyote always discovers as he careens off the edge of the cliff, “gravity is a bitch.”

A "Big Problem" Emerges For Trump's Economic Plan

Republican lawmakers warn that there could be a major obstacle to enacting President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda: the national debt. As Senator Jeff Flake said of deficits and debt: "I was disappointed that it wasn’t brought up in the campaign. It’s the biggest problem we face, by far."

About That "Fair Share"

There are two words that kept coming up over and over again over the last 20+ months during the US Presidential circus: “fair share”. It sounds really great, and given the voter statistics, this idea resonated with tens of millions of people. After all, who could possibly be against fairness? When you dive into the numbers, however, the data doesn’t support this assertion at all.

Is Marine Le Pen The French Donald Trump?

The differences between Trumpism and the French far right are not in themselves handicaps for the French but rather adaptations to different environments. The only thing that could be a prejudice for the National Front is that it might already be too mainstream. The future is uncertain. Marine Le Pen has a long way to go before she can become the French Donald Trump.